Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 14/04/19

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Now then. How have we all been? Good? Good. I’ve had a pretty tidy week, all things considered and seem to be finding my groove again on the blogging front. On the dieting front too, but that is very slow going so least, said soonest mended as they say.

Only four days at work for me this past week – yippee – as I took Tuesday off for a trip to Birmingham with Mandie. The day was spent at leisure mooching around shops and drinking a lot of coffee (and I mean a lot) but the evening was given over to a trip to Waterstones to see C.L. Taylor and Gillian McAllister in conversation about their new books, Sleep and The Evidence Against You. It was a really entertaining evening and nice to meet both authors. Might have picked up a couple of books while I was there too because, you know, rude not to.

I had a bit of a mad moment earlier in the week, doing a little bit of an experiment on Amazon when I couldn’t sleep. **Might** have ordered/pre-ordered a few titles. Just one or two. A lot don’t have covers yet so I can’t share them with you but I can share the links 😉 Here you go:

Last Victim of the Monsoon Express by Vaseem Khan; Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt; Blind Spot by Brenda Novak; Here to Stay by Mark Edwards; The Family by Louise Jensen; The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry; Endgame by Daniel Cole; A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac; Alice Teale is Missing by Howard Linskey; Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee; The Other Killer by Noelle Holten; The Other People by C.J. Tudor; We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker; Doors Open by Ian Rankin; A Breath on Dying Embers by Denzil Meyrick; The Bad Place by M.K. Hill; Someone Like Him by Craig Robertson; Truth or Die by Katerina Diamond; Blackstone’s Police Manuals (Research). Not too bad for a bit of a mooch lol.

I got an ebook and some book post during the week too. First up was an e-copy of Exit Wounds A Crime anthology courtesy of Titan Books and Girl at Midnight by Katarzyna Bonda from Hodder & Stoughton.

Books I have read

Perfect Crime – Helen Fields

Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.

Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

The latest in the DI Callanach series, Perfect Crime is going to have fans on the edged of their seat, both rapt and frustrated. The chemistry between Luc and Ava is off the charts on this one but with a series of increasingly vicious murders demanding their attention, the pressure is definitely on. Featuring some very macabre murders as you might expect, this ending of the book will leave you wondering – what next? You can preorder a copy right here.

The Passengers – John Marrs

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.’

The new gripping page-turning thriller for fans of BLACK MIRROR from the bestselling author of HER LAST MOVE and THE ONE – soon to be a major Netflix series.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

Well this book should be improbably, but with the increasing presence of AI in our lives and everything turning cyber, how far fetched is the idea of someone using driverless cars as a weapon? It will make you think, and keep you rooted to your seat. It has also made me very wary of my ‘tech edition’ car which does everything apart from drive itself or make my dinner (which I think is terribly rude…) It will also make you question yourself, the way in which you pass judgement on others and whether our addiction to technology and social media is really all that healthy … You can get a copy of the book here.

Dead Inside – Noelle Holten

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

Managed to get a bit ahead of my reading schedule this week so thought I’d sneak in a book from further down the list. For a debut novel, this is a belter and the start of what promises to be a cracking series. This will keep you guessing from start to finish, it certainly held my attention as I polished it off in a single afternoon. If you know bloggers, you’ll recognise some of the characters, but whatever happens you are in for a real treat when you dive in. I’ll be reviewing closer to publication day, but you can preorder for May 30 delivery right here.

Not too bad a week on the blog this week with a recap below:

Call Me Star Girl – Louise Beech
The Island – Ragnar Jonasson
Suddenly Single – Carol Wyer
The Girl In The Painting – Renita D’Silva
Twisted – Steve Cavanagh
Amazing Grace – Kim Nash

The week ahead is quite full too with a lot of blog tours lined up. First up is The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon; You Die Next by Stephanie Marland; Close to the Edge by Toby Faber; Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman; The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris; rounding out the week with My Sister’s Lies by S.D. Robertson.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from my weekend walk as the Kitties are having a day off. Nice blue sky day it was too.

Have a fabulous week of bookishness all. See you next week.

Jen